Shebonti Ray Dadwal

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  • Shebonti Ray Dadwal is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile

    Russia maintains energy superpower status, for now

    The Russia-Georgia conflict has caused several analysts to state that Moscow’s main goal was to ensure its energy dominance in the region. Though this may not be entirely correct – other Russian security interests were equally at play – energy issues did have a large role. Ever since Vladimir Putin took over the reins, he had time and again reiterated the importance of energy in Russia’s regional, and indeed its global, policy. It is well known that Moscow will not allow its supremacy to be compromised. Putin’s successor Dmitry Medvedev appears to be continuing with his mentor’s policy.

    September 04, 2008

    Consumers' Cartel No Panacea to Resource Nationalism

    With the price of oil crossing $110 a barrel, the oil-importing countries' concerns have been mounting. Not surprisingly, the issue of whether the time is now ripe for energy consuming countries to take measures to counter the producers' growing clout is being discussed, including the formation of a consumers' cartel, to force exporters to bring down prices.

    September 2008

    Can Regional Energy Cooperation in South Asia be enhanced?

    Event: 
    Fellows' Seminar
    August 01, 2008
    Time: 
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    Re-energising India-Iran ties

    National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan’s announcement at an international seminar that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would be converting what was originally meant to be a refuelling stop into an official stop-over in New Delhi on his way home from Sri Lanka generated much speculation about the reasons for and timing of the visit.

    May 02, 2008

    An OPIC versus OPEC: Is Cartelisation the Answer?

    Event: 
    Fellows' Seminar
    January 05, 2008
    Time: 
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    China's Search for Energy Security: Emerging Dilemmas

    As the world's fastest growing energy consumer, China has attracted enormous attention over the last few years. This paper looks at the factors influencing China's policies and strategies in its search for energy security and examines whether China can be persuaded to adopt a more integrative stance with respect to energy. It argues that China's pursuit of a policy to secure preferential access to oil and gas resources in politically unstable states could lead to heightened competition with other major importing states and to geopolitical tensions.

    November 2007

    Is China's Search for Energy Security Exclusive or Integrative?

    Event: 
    Fellows' Seminar
    July 13, 2007
    Time: 
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    Iran Standoff: Repercussions for the Global Oil Market

    The pressures on Iran to roll back its uranium enrichment programme have increased with the UN Security Council imposing harsher sanctions and Washington indicating that it is even ready to carry out military strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities. The Iranian leadership, on the other hand, continues to claim that its nuclear programme is peaceful and is essential for producing electricity and helping economic development to meet the needs of a growing population.

    May 2007

    Why are we talking about an OGEC now?

    In January 2007, when the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei suggested to the Secretary of the Russian Security Council, Igor Ivanov, that the two countries should explore setting up an OGEC or an organization of gas exporting countries similar to OPEC, Ivanov dismissed it as a "general idea" and not a "proposal for discussion".

    February 21, 2007

    US-Iran face-off: Impact on Global Oil Market

    Event: 
    Fellows' Seminar
    November 10, 2006
    Time: 
    1030 to 1300 hrs

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